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2 Major Thought Breakthroughs - #2

Friday, April 13, 2012

The other day I semi-whined in a blog about the scale indicating no loss after a week of amazing exercise and eating. During my daily walk that day, I realized that I had written in that blog "why bother?" when I know very well the many reasons to bother. Ordinarily, I'd see no results on the scale, and rationalize that if I wasn't losing weight I might as well let her rip and go get yummy stuff. I also realized that my thoughts weren't going there. I didn't want the yummy stuff.

But I did a test anyway and said to myself, okay go get a piece of carrot cake and a big coffee. You are allowed to do that. If the scale isn't going to move, live it up. My immediate reaction was that I didn't want either of those. Not even a little bit.

My thought breakthrough, which actually made me smile, is this....

I am now truly eating to live, rather than living to eat. And it's no longer a great reminder, interesting book by that title (which I enjoyed and have on my shelf), or empty cliche. It has become mine in a real way.

  
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NANCY- 4/15/2012 7:14AM

    You are making many positive changes even with all the stressful stuff going on. You are amazing. Keep on Sparking!!!!
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MYSTERY-LADY1 4/13/2012 7:20PM

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2012 1:40PM

    Excellent!!

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SHERYLDS 4/13/2012 12:23PM

    It's a big victory when you are on a plateau and you realize you rather stay in control than slide into that self destructive mode of surrending to old ways.
CONGRATS

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2 Major Thought Breakthroughs - #1

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's one thing to read a platitude or cliche and shake my head with that "so true" agreement, and quite another when it clicks and becomes reality for you. Having read that "the past doesn't equal the future" time and again, it rang true but never felt like my own truth.

After my semi-whine blog yesterday about the scale, plateau, etc., I was doing my daily walk when I suddenly realized two major breakthroughs in my thinking that are probably the biggest in my 3+ years of this healthier journey! I'll deal with the second one in tomorrow's blog.

When I started my "no sugar or caffeine" streaks, a spark friend wrote "I see you are trying to do that - again." What struck me was the truth in that statement. Subconsciously, when I begin a new goal, I already know that I've tried this several times before. And I viewed my past failures as the safety net for not succeeding. Kinda like self-sabotage, giving myself permission to fail again because I've done so in the past. It's a bit complicated to explain, but setting myself up for failure by letting the past reinforce the potential for future non-fulfillment of the goals.

As I gain momentum in achieving my goals, I realized yesterday that I've personally evidenced the past not being the future. Sure, being a smart woman, I've always understood that on a cognitive level. But not always on an emotional level. Where I often live. (smiling)

Wishing all a good day.

  
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LIVINGFREE19 4/13/2012 8:46AM

    Keep persevering, my friend!
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You are definitely making headway!
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LINDA! 4/12/2012 9:26PM

    Very good blog!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/12/2012 12:41PM

  I know exactly what you are saying because I have found out the same truth for myself.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/12/2012 12:26PM

    You had an "ah-ha" moment, yeah. emoticon

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Forever Plateau Continues. Why Bother?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Today was my first weigh-in day since getting back on the scale. After a week of amazing exercise and calorie intake, I got on the scale. Unfreakingbelievable!!!
Not one lousy pound down since last week. This plateau has gone on forever, no matter how I've changed things up. Very perturbed, to say the least.

(Update: After several replies, I have to tell you that Nancy's response reminded me that YES! 1. I have more energy. 2. I feel more fit. 3. My clothes are fitting better even after just this first week of mega-changes. When I wrote "Why bother?" my gut answered that, after three years of doing this healthier lifestyle, of course I know the myriad reasons to bother. But I also know that if I were ever stranded on a desert island, my body would probably stay the same weight even if I just ate coconuts!)

  
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LIVINGFREE19 4/13/2012 8:44AM

    I am glad you haven't thrown in the towel.
It is a tough battle, but we all must fight the good fight!
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CATLADY52 4/11/2012 1:35PM

    I think our scales are on the same wave length. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/11/2012 12:34PM

    I've come to the conclusion that my cheap scale is not very accurate. This morning, I weighed myself twice. The first time, it said 144.2 which is exactly what it has been for a week. Two hours later, it said 143.6. No way, I lost a half pound in two hours. I think that even though my scale theoretically measures to the tenth of a pound, it really only measures in 1/2 pound increments. I've had the same thing happen before with this scale, so I'm not really worried when I see the same weight....just as long as it's not going up.

This is my scale
http://www.amazon.com/EatSmart-
Precision-Digital-Bathroom-Tech
nology/dp/B001KXZ808/ref=sr_1_1
?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1334161998&s
r=1-1

It's very popular...you wouldn't happen to have the same one?

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ALASKASKY 4/11/2012 11:56AM

    emoticon emoticonI know what you mean. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 4/11/2012 10:53AM

    It's got to be the water...they put something in the water...that's why they have nutrition labels on bottled water. It's says the only ingredient is water ...but they lie. Or maybe it's the air...are there fat calories in polution?

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.

I know that the body gets used to whatever you are doing (diet & exercise wise) but come on !!! I agree with you...this is frustrating...and the experts are clueless. It's like watching charades where the team just keeps throwing out answers until someone gets close and they keep going for more clues. But in the case of weight loss...they forget what they just finished getting right. TIS A PUZZLEMENT.

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MEADSBAY 4/11/2012 10:49AM

    We are sisters of a different mother, apparently.
My wt stays within the same few pounds no matter what I do.
I am beyond frustrated but will never just give up as I wold be HUGE! emoticon

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NANCY- 4/11/2012 10:43AM

    Hang in there sometimes it tales a while for changes to be reflected on the scale. Have you noticed any other changes? More energy, more fit, looser clothing?
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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/11/2012 9:28AM

    I feel your frustration, I decided yesterday to hide the scales for a week, ugggh it is very frustrating, but WORTH it. Hang in there.

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JLITT62 4/11/2012 9:15AM

    Could be worse . . . lately I've been gaining but not because I'm overindulging! You know why we bother. It's worth it, no matter how hard it is. And you'd probably freeze to death out here - we're having a very chilly, drab week.

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RJMAC61 4/11/2012 9:02AM

    If actually find if I eat a couple of hundred calories a day when I plateau the will get the metabolism fired up again and the weight comes off. I usually do this about every 6-8 weeks. When I up the calories I eat the higher amount 2 weeks.

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KTMAE2006 4/11/2012 8:48AM

    I feel the frustration! Although, sometimes its good to celebrate the maintain also! And, scales can be so fickle, have you ever measured yourself? Maybe now would be a good time to do that and re-measure every 2 weeks or month?

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The 4 Really's

Monday, April 09, 2012

The other day, I caught a snippet of one of Wayne Dyer's tapes and it stuck with me. A few blogs ago, I wrote that you have to want this weight loss so badly that you can taste it.

Dyer explained the four really's this way... When you really, really, really, REALLY want something, you usually manifest it.

Makes sense because those are the things we work hardest for; ever notice that you tend to drive toward things you're looking at?

Meanwhile, he advises to "enjoy the dance." He uses an anecdote that when you polka (or any other dance), for example, you're not setting a goal to get to the other side of the room. Your focus is on enjoying the dance.

Wishing all my friends a day of enjoyable dance.

  
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ALASKASKY 4/11/2012 11:54AM

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NANCY- 4/10/2012 8:01PM

    Great points! When you focus on something it is more likely to happen.
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LIVINGFREE19 4/10/2012 8:24AM

    That is a really cute point to point out!
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KANOE10 4/9/2012 6:25PM

    Enjoy the dance..Good advice..Make those healthy habits enjoyable.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/9/2012 4:35PM

    Great idea to enjoy the dance. Just got back in from a walk....I'm doing it to lose weight, but the walk in itself is enjoyable. I need to remember that!

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SHERYLDS 4/9/2012 1:39PM

    After reading some of the books from the weight loss experts it's obvious the medical community is clueless.
Everything from fast and cleanse your weight away
to eat all the protein you want but nothing else.
If they don't know...how are we supposed to ?

Enjoy all the healthy habits you are forming and pray they stick.
(and hope they're the right ones)

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The Water Leak Saga Continues

Sunday, April 08, 2012

After a week of non-stop plumbing estimates for this water main line, meeting with insurance guy, and assorted other "experts" coming over to give me info, I feel like I'm in the middle of a Stephen King novel.

First of all, for all of us who thought the city might be partially responsible, nope. In fact, one plumber informed me of this city's "unique" position. Turns out I own the water main line, the meter, and halfway into the street!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

Okay, for those who've dealt with contractors, that's a book in itself. And plumbers are a unique breed. So there was that.

Then the insurance guy. Nope, outside plumbing is not covered at all. I tactfully asked why he didn't just tell me that on the phone. He said he likes to keep that personal connection which is so important. Oh, he likes to watch disappointed faces receive his bad news?

Okay, as though it couldn't get any worse (and of course it always can), on Friday I had the selected plumber do a leak detection. Unbelievable, but true, after two hours, he couldn't find the leak. Will have to come back. When? "Oh, whenever you continue to see wet spots out front after these dry."

Meanwhile, the water meter is running (albeit slowly as they theorize it's a very small leak), as is the financial meter. Whoopee, this is fun! (NOT)

Wishing all a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.

  
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LIVINGFREE19 4/10/2012 8:22AM

    I would dump that insurance company the minute I could and go tell this insurance guy in person why you are leaving (because of him), and tell him, you like to come face to face and tell the reason why so you can keep it more personal!
That is me though.
I hate ignorance, and that is ignorance on his part, big time!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/10/2012 7:42AM

    How very frustrating that has to be!! So glad that you aren't turning to food for comfort. Hope the problem can be found and fixed quickly.
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VICIOUS421 4/8/2012 10:28PM

    Sounds very frustrating! Hope you can get it fixed soon!!! Happy Easter!!!!
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CATLADY52 4/8/2012 6:23PM

    Water leaks can be particularly a pain to track down. I hope it can be found before too long, without costing an arm and leg. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/8/2012 6:04PM

    Wow.....how frustrating!!! Stuff like that really makes me mad.

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IAM_HIS2 4/8/2012 2:52PM

    emoticon I am so sorry to hear this!! emoticon I hope you can contact a TV station and see if they can help you out. It sure would be worth the try.

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MOMMA2X6 4/8/2012 1:24PM

    It sounds like a real nightmare! Hang in there!

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BUTEAFULL 4/8/2012 12:12PM

    I'm sure sorry it's not covered in your homeowner's policy we had two leaks one inside (we discovered with a wet carpet, it leaked from break in the wall), the other was outside (just past the meter, and got the same news as you, "it's your responsibility, we are not liable") so frustrating, so I feel for you

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JLITT62 4/8/2012 12:10PM

    And more hugs . . .

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